Throughout 2016 and 2017, the Chapter worked hard to roll out and grow its three Working Groups (WG).
In 2018, the Board decided to adjust its strategy to better fit with the needs of the Chapter and re-align these WGs into Focus Areas.
The Focus Areas group the issues that are important to our Chapter members along the same lines as the WGs and enable them to contribute directly to the Chapter’s work on the specific issues and topics that interest them.
You can find more information about our Focus Areas below. If you’re interested in a particular Focus Area or topic, please contact us. We’re looking for people who can write articles and blog posts and/or can lead Meet-ups and workshops in their area of expertise.
Fostering open dialogue between all stakeholders is vital to ensuring the continued stability and global availability of the Internet. Within this focus area, we seek to make recommendations, disseminate information and reinforce understanding of policy, governance and regulation while including all stakeholders, especially those who are not traditionally involved in Internet Governance.
Data Protection, Privacy, and Security
Government surveillance, corporate and government data breaches, practices that erode privacy, mass hacking incidents, and systemic gaps in security practices have led to disillusionment among Internet users about their ability to control their online destiny. Within this focus area, we seek to make recommendations, disseminate information and reinforce understanding on data protection, privacy issues, security best practices and digital rights.
IoT, Internet Technologies and Access
Today billions of devices are connected to the Internet through the Internet of Things (IoT). These devices are already transforming our lives through innovation, but as they do, there are also serious challenges that must be addressed to maximize the benefits. Within this focus area, we seek to make recommendations, disseminate information and reinforce understanding on the IoT, issues around access, critical Internet infrastructure, innovation and open standards.